where to stay:
Rinjani Beach Eco Resort: Charming and unique, the bungalows at the Rinjani will give travelers a different experience from staying in a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Lombok. For travelers looking for a truly authentic experience during their travels, we recommend staying here for a few nights at minimum. Serene and calm, the Rinjani Resort offers everything to guests- from swimming and scuba diving, to sunbathing and trekking around the island. The bungalow accommodations are charming and affordable at $32 USD/night, with oceanfront views for enjoying your morning coffee. Very kid friendly, a perfect place to bring your whole family! http://www.lombok-adventures.com/
Sudamala Suites & Villas Senggigi: The world sudamala refers to the cleansing and purification of the body and soul, so what a fitting name for a resort on the island of Lombok. Stay at this luxurious resort with all the amenities from home (tv, Wifi, hair dryer, etc.) and you can enjoy your holidays without a single care in the world. Consistently delicious meals served in the hotel restaurant and an unbelieveable pool, you’ll have a hard time leaving the Sudamala to go tour the island. Even if you are poolside during your entire stay, you’ll have an unforgettable time on the island of Lombok. Room pricing begins at $125 USD/night. http://www.sudamalaresorts.com/senggigi/sudamala-lombok/
where to eat:
Nugget’s Corner: You’ll find some of the best rendang (Indonesian spicy meat dish) on the island here at Nugget’s Corner, that’s probably why they’re always busy. The food is definitely worth the wait. Inexpensive plates packed with flavor. You may find yourself going for lunch more than just once during your stay on Lombok. The friendly owners and colorful environment are enough to put a smile on any tired travelers face.
Pasar Malam: Meaning “night market” in the Indonesian language, Pasar Malam is the place in Gili Trawangan to indulge in local street food. Every night the street market is running, so it’s most likely that you’ll come across the hustle and bustle if you’re on this part of the island during the evening. Opening from 6pm to midnight, wander the streets up and down until you find exactly what you’re looking for. Ayam goreng (fried chicken) and fresh fish, there’s a wide variety of the local food on Lombok here. Located near the Villa Ombak Hotel, all the food at the night market is under $3 USD. A must to check out at night!